Online selling and shopping have been around for some time now. However, it was only recently when the e-commerce industry boomed. A report from Statista revealed that in 2019, almost 2 billion consumers bought goods or availed services online. E-retail services reached more than $3.5 trillion globally in the same year.
This change in shopping behavior has also had a huge impact (both positive and negative) on the shipping companies who deliver the packages: UPS, FedEx, USPS, and DHL (for international shipping). Over the last two years, Box & Send Business Center saw huge spikes in Ups Shipping Center near me requests for domestic shipping and DHL packing and shipping requests for international shipping.
UPS Packing and Shipping During COVID-19
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic further boosted the influence of e-commerce on consumer behavior. During the peak of the pandemic, most people shopped from home and used shipping centers like Box & Send Business Center for final packing and shipping to their final destinations.
Considered an essential business, Box & Send Business Center was fortunate enough to remain open to continue to meet the local Melbourne and Palm Bay communities UPS packing and shipping needs during the quarantine earlier in the year, as well as those for USPS, FedEx and DHL.
Factors affecting UPS shipping costs
A lot of people often consider only the package size and weight when considering shipment costs. However, these are only part of the overall costs for UPS, FedEx, and USPS shipping. Below are the other crucial factors that affect shipping costs.
Shipping lead time
One of the most important factors to consider when computing shipment costs is the delivery lead time. Some will be delivered on its usual lead time (ex. 1 week, 2 weeks, or 1 month) Others are for “rush” delivery. It usually depends on where and how it will be delivered – either by sea, air, or land.
Shipment’s declared value and insurance
Waiting for your goods to be delivered can be nerve-racking, to say the least. That is why it is a good idea to put some kind of protection in place for the items while they are in transit. Purchasing shipping insurance from the carrier you ship with will ensure protection from the expense that you might incur in case the package gets damaged or lost along the way. UPS and FedEx give an automatic $100 of shipping insurance, USPS does not provide any included insurance.
Shipping insurance usually costs depend on the item’s declared value. The higher the item’s declared value, the higher the insurance you have to pay. It might be heavy on the budget, but it will ensure peace of mind until the items have been received. It’s important to note that any insurance claims will need to be supported with paperwork (receipt, invoice, etc) showing the value of the goods.
Carriers sometime charge surcharges if the items will be delivered to hard-to-reach areas. These said charges are meant to cover the expense of offering service to these remote and less accessible areas. Box & Send Business Center will evaluate such surcharges to avoid surprise costs later on.
There are different ways to pay for shipments, such as e-wallets, vouchers, credit/debit cards, or collect on delivery (COD). COD is a popular payment method in some parts of the world for those who do not have a credit/debit card or have no way to pay electronically. COD costs are usually determined by the carrier prior to the item’s release for delivery.
UPS Shipping versus USPS Shipping
Box & Send Business Center offers packing and shipping services courtesy of our partner couriers: UPS, FedEx, DHL and USPS. However, the vast majority of our customers tend choose UPS or USPS shipping over FedEx for domestic shipments because of price.